Latest Press Coverage


We're delighted that Happy Steps is making the news! Below is a selection of the latest press and radio coverage.

If you would like to contact Lisa regarding any media work please email and include the word media in the subject. 

BBC1 documentary Rio and Kate: Becoming a Stepfamily, 10th Feb, 2020

Appeared as the stepfamily expert advising Rio and Kate Ferdinand on their journey to become a stepfamily.

Grazia, Feb 11th 2020

An article by Shane Watson on the challenges of being a stepmum, based on the Rio and Kate Ferdinand documentary.

The Sunday Times, Feb 9th 2020

An article by Sian Griffiths related to the Rio and Kate documentary: Becoming a Stepfamily, on which I advised.

BBC Breakfast, 5th Feb 2020

Lisa was on the sofa talking about the need for stepfamilies to be represented in children books.

The Telegraph, Jan 4th 2020

An article on taking a first holiday as a stepfamily.

The Guardian, August 24th 2019

An article in the Saturday magazine suggesting ways to improve the relationship between stepmum and biological mum.

BBC website  June 11th 2019

A video on the BBC Ideas series providing advise for stepfamilies.

Take a Break Magazine, June 2017

An article on happiness.

Prima Magazine, May 2017

Tips for stepmothers.

Huffington Post, 29th March 2017

Article providing advice to couples in blended families. 

BBC 5th April 2017 

Provided advice via online short documentary on relationship between a stepmum and biological mum. 

Huffington Post, 31st October 2016

Advice for couples in stepfamilies on how to entertain their children on holidays

Raring2go, 27th June 2016 

Top tips for stepfamily harmony 

Telegraph, Saturday May 21st 2016

Article on women who are finding it hard to identify with being a mother

Sunday Times, Sunday May 22nd, 2016

Advice for stepmothers

LBC Radio, Wednesday August 21st, 2014
Interview with Nick Ferrari to discuss issues with helping children cope with  disturbing and graphic scenes of violence in the news and on the  internet.

The Times on Saturday, Saturday 15th February 2014
Article discussing the common issues faced by stepfamilies together with tips for successful stepparenting.

BBC Radio, Friday 20th September 2013
Discussion  on the Mark Forrest show to discuss recent research indicating that a high proportion of couples break down due to issues with their  stepchildren.

LBC Radio, July 1st 2013
Interview with Nick Ferari to discuss issues with teenage stepchildren. topic  raised following Nigella Lawson's split from husband, apparently fuelled  by issues with relationship between her son and her husband.

'Pick me up' , weekly magazine. February 2013, March 2013

Lisa has answered a number of readers issues related to stepfamilies on the problem page.

BBC Radio Scotland - Call Kaye. August 2012
A discussion about stepfamilies with presenter Kay Adams. Listeners were also able to call in with questions and comments.

Now Magazine, March 7th 2011

Article discussing Christine Bleakley and her potential stepfamily and  recognising the need to research the stepmother role. Stepparenting tips  given. 

Psychologies Magazine, December 2010

Problem page article tackling Christmas in stepfamilies. 

The Telegraph, Thursday 22nd July 2010
Creating a stepfamily: homemaker, mother or old boot?

Take a Break, Monday 19th July 2010
Advice for stepparents on meeting your stepchildren for the first time.

Woman's Own, Monday 19th July 2010

Article on Stepmothers. 

Daily Mail, Thursday 17th June, 2010

Article from journalist Samantha Brick on Stepmothers. 

BBC Radio Scotland - Call Kay, Wednesday 16th June, 2010

A discussion about stepfamilies with presenter Kay Adams. Listeners were also able to call in with questions and comments.

BBC Breakfast, 13th June 2010
A  joint discussion with Sonia Poulton, author of 'Back off Stepmums', an  article published in the Daily Mail. Lisa argued that stepmums are trying to do the best they can for their stepchildren and need support not criticism! 

The Hour, Scottish TV, 8th June 2010

An interview on the popular Scottish chat show, discussing Lisa's new book  How to be a Happy Stepmum. To see the interview just click on the link  below (Lisa's interview starts after 9 minutes).

The Herald Scotland, Monday 3rd May, 2010
An article based on Lisa's new book, highlighting the main issues affecting stepmums.

The Independent, Thursday 22nd April, 2010

An article related to the key issues related to stepmothers adaptability, taken from Lisa's new book 'How to be a Happy Stepmum'

The Globe and Mail, Vancouver, Canada, Monday 12th April, 2010

A question and answer article related to Lisa's research and book, How to be a Happy Stepmum.

Womans' Hour, Radio 4, Thursday 1st April, 2010

Stepmothers: The myth and the reality: Isn't it time that the role was seen in a more positive light? Jenni hears  about new research into the modern day stepmother from Dr Lisa Doodson,  psychologist and by writer Sophie Parkin. 

Guardian Newspaper, March 23rd 2010

Article covering Lisa's research on stepmothers and identifying some of the key findings.